Sandbox forum: Lost my baby girl

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Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
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Toni
May 28, 2017 6:11 PM CST
I know we have to prepare and realize that our dogs just can't live forever. But boy it is devastating to loose one Sighing!
This little girl was kicked out to the cow pasture by her original family when she was 5 years old.
She cried and barked incesantly trying to get back to her family. She chewed thru metal cables, she tried everything! They put a bark collar on her to keep her quite and scolded her hard when she got loose and came to the house. Sad

It took me 3 long years to talk them out of her. Finally, they let me bring her home. Lovey dubby
We already had 2 big dogs and really didn't want 3 but my heart just couldn't stand her pain, confusion, and abandonment.
She came to our house and soon we had the matted hair smoothed, the cow pies cleaned off, and the abscessed teeth removed.
Our boy dogs accepted her into the family right away Group hug
Well, that was 3 loving years ago. I can honestly say that the 1000's of $$ for her care was entirely worth every minute. She had the sweetest little face and just couldn't get enough loving. She was usually sweet and loving but boy she sure could boss those boys around Hilarious!
We are going to miss her very, very much.
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Toni
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
May 28, 2017 6:23 PM CST
I'm so glad you rescued her and gave her the life she deserved. It's too bad she started out with horrible parents.
Group hug Group hug It really is hard when you lose one, but know you gave her a great rest of her life. I'm sure the boys will miss her too.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
May 28, 2017 6:51 PM CST
Toni, I'm so sorry for the loss of your sweet girl. She was certainly fortunate for the time she spent with you, and the chance to have the sort of life she deserved. Group hug Group hug
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Name: Robin Bunch
Odenton, Maryland (Zone 7a)
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May 28, 2017 7:00 PM CST
You were there for her to give her all the love she should have had from birth. She had wonderful years with you, it shows by the smile on her face. It hurts now but the memories you have will help lessen the pain. She was a lucky dog to be so loved by you.
Name: Ginger
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gingin
May 28, 2017 7:08 PM CST
Group hug Group hug Group hug Toni....you gave her the greatest gift of all....LOTS of LOVE and a happy home even if it was only for 3 short years. Angel My crew send many comforting wags and puppy dog kisses to you and the boys.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 28, 2017 9:33 PM CST
What a lucky dog to have your love! Hugs to you. Group hug I know from many same experiences it is most difficult. Crying
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
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Name: Toni Melvin
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Toni
May 28, 2017 10:10 PM CST
Oh thank you all so very much for your thoughtfulness.... I write this thru tears. Your reaching out with comfort really helps more than you know Group hug Lovey dubby
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
May 28, 2017 10:19 PM CST
Toni, I can't begin to describe (and I'm not really sure why this is) how many more tears I've shed over pets than my human friends. It sure hasn't seemed to get any easier with each time I've gone through it... but the love that we get from them still makes it all worthwhile. Lovey dubby
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Name: Toni Melvin
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Toni
May 29, 2017 8:17 AM CST
Yes Sandy it is totally worth it. Each time I go through the pain and loss - I say ok. No more! But that resolve melts quickly and back in I go nodding
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
May 29, 2017 8:35 AM CST
I agree with Sandy. It never gets easier, and I make that resolve each time, but quickly find another rescue sweetie. They're so worth it, and give us so much joy. I'm glad you have the others, Toni, to help. We've generally only had one dog at a time, and when they go, the house is so empty and sad.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 29, 2017 11:13 AM CST
https://www.psychologytoday.co...

A pet is truly a gift that can change your life and bring you monumental happiness and gratitude. Pets teach you responsibility, patience, kindness, discipline, playfulness and, most importantly, unconditional love. Even if your dog chews your couch, scratches your doors, and manages to eat every sock you own, you still figure out a way to share your home and heart with your companion.

The death of a pet can hurt as much as the loss of a close relative or friend. It is common for humans to have conflicts with family members over religion, money, politics and so forth—conflicts that may create emotional distance between them. Humans and pets do not have these types of conflicts—pets are 100 percent dependent on their human companion. Yes, you may become angry at your dog for chewing your shoelaces or leaving a “surprise” on your carpet, but these feelings of frustration and anger quickly dissipate after your pet looks up at you with funny ears and wide-open eyes.
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
Name: katie
Mulege, Mexico (Baja CAliforni (Zone 11a)
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May 29, 2017 1:22 PM CST
Toni, I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet girl. How wonderful that you were able to give her three great years. Hard to move on but so much better than if she had stayed in her original and abusive home. That she was able to experience the love and care that you gave her is a gift that will live forever. The tears will keep coming for a while; the great memories will remain always. Katie
Name: Liz Shaw
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LizDTM
May 29, 2017 2:01 PM CST
Group hug Toni Group hug
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RpR
May 29, 2017 2:04 PM CST
Group hug You have my sympathy and empathy, I know it hurts. Sighing!
Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
May 29, 2017 3:57 PM CST
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This, too, shall pass.

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